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                    About Me

San Francisco, California

I'm originally from the United States, but moved to the United Kingdom in 1987. I've been a educator, public speaker, world traveller, consultant and writer.  Over time I accumulated degrees in psychology, anthropology and theology, and there was an unfinished Ph.D. in narrative and ethics in the mix too. I read widely – philosophy, theology, history, politics, narrative theory, theater and film theory, and in recent years I’ve been interested in the development of robotics and cyberspace. And I’m always reading fiction, from the popular to the literary. I’m a big fan of Philip Roth, Toni  Morrison, Chuck Palahniuk, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Kingsolver, Roberto Bolaňo, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, and Joyce Carol Oates – to name a few. I love science fiction books, both good and trashy, and have left many behind in hotel rooms around the world.

Through the years I’ve traveled widely for a varieties of reasons. I stood on the Berlin Wall New Year’s Eve 1989 when 500,000 people welcomed in the new decade and the liberation of the once Soviet states. I was in South Africa for the first fully democratic election and stood in line for hours with black South Africans as they voted for the first time in their lives. I was in Northern Ireland at the time of the Good Friday Agreement visiting both Unionist and Republican areas on opposite sides of the Peace Wall. I’ve been around the world a few times visiting some seventy countries: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Malawi, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Guyana, India, Myanmar, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria…Well, the list goes on and, of course, it includes my two homes, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Much of my travel was associated with work, and most of it meant visiting areas of extreme poverty, but not hopelessness. I worked with local people in creating international partnerships, developing educational programs, establishing sustainable micro businesses (some of which succeeded and some of which failed). Can’t tell you how many great people I met along the way, everyone doing their best not just to survive but to thrive. It’s been better than great.

After almost thirty years I've moved back to the United States and now live in Seattle with my wife, Roberta.

Dale Rominger